Ukrainian Premier League season to recommence

Top-flight football in the eastern European state will restart after political tension and violence had delayed the competition
The Ukrainian Premier League is set to resume on March 15 after civil unrest in the country brought the division to a halt.

The nation's top flight had been due to restart on February 28 following a mid-season break, but was postponed due to the deteriorating political situation in the eastern European state.

Shakhtar Donetsk, Dnipro and Chornomorets Odessa all hosted Europa League games last month, although Dynamo Kiev's home leg against Valencia was moved to Cyprus.

The Ukraine national team was also forced to play a home match at a neutral venue, with Mikhail Fomenko's men beating United States 2-0 in Cyprus.

However, following a meeting between the country's clubs and Ukrainian football authorities, an agreement to resume the professional campaign appears to have been reached.

"As the whole country is waiting for the matches, the championship race must restart as quickly as possible," said Ukraine's minister of youth and sport Dmitry Bulatov.

The 19th and 20th rounds of the season, which were lost to the unrest, will be rearranged at a later date.

Defending Premier League champions Shakhtar sit top of the table after taking 38 points from 17 points with Metalist Kharkiv, who have a game in hand, five points behind in second.